Justino De Lara


Justino De Lara is a 102 year old veteran who survived the fall of Corregidor in May 1942, was a prisoner of war in Capas Tarlac and was freed in September of 1942 by the Japanese after they were made to swear that they would not take up arms against the Japanese. Needless to say, not too many took this pledge seriously. Most went back to being guerrillas.


I never expected in my life to suffer the cruelty of war.”

– (25:04) in full interview

We cleaned up the mess that was caused by the war and tidied up the whole island of Corregidor.”

– (04:15) in full interview


Our gun at that time could only hold five bullets in the clip.”

– (16:43) in full interview


I was living alone after both my parents and my uncle died.”

– (30:02) in full interview


enjoying my stay here with all my children, just being with them. I really could not ask for more.”

– (30:38) in full interview




Filmed June 2019

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